How to find the Windows 11 product key

How to find the Windows 11 product key

If you need to transfer the code Windows 11 Product Key or just to perform a clean install of the operating system, here’s how to find it the easy way.

There are many circumstances where being able to find your Windows 11 product key is very important. Maybe your PC is slow and you want to do a clean install of Windows 11. Or maybe you need to transfer the license to a new computer. Whatever the reason, here’s how to find the product key on Windows 11.

Important: make sure you buy the digital product key from reputable stores like Microsoft, Best Buy, or Amazon. If you choose a different source, it may not be original and you may experience activation problems or lose functionality over time.

How to find the Windows 11 product key

One of the easiest ways to find the product key is to use the command prompt. Start Command Prompt by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and typing: cmd. You choose the first result from the search list.

You can also use the latest version of Windows PowerShell to find the Windows 11 product key.

open the windows 11 command prompt

Then, copy and paste the following path into the command prompt and press Enter:

percorso wmic SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

This will bring up the original product key that came with your computer, as in the example below – I have blurred parts of it for obvious reasons.

command finds the Windows 11 product key

Check email and receipt

Another method to find the Windows 11 product key is to go through emails or receipts from Microsoft or Best Buy. If you buy Windows 11 through either company, you can find your key in the “Orders” or “Purchases” section of the online store.

If you purchased your digital license from Amazon, you should see your key in your personal Amazon games and software library.

How to find the Windows 11 product key

Check the retail package with the disc

If (or when) Microsoft starts selling physical copies of its new operating system on disk, you should be able to find the key in the product box. For example, the Windows 10 product key was printed on the back of a business card in the general packaging.

Use a third party utility

Another option you have is to use a third-party utility like ShowKeyPlus to find the Windows 11 product key. When you run the utility, it will reveal the product key and other license information, including:

  • product name
  • product identification number
  • The currently installed key is the generic product key used by Windows 10, depending on the edition installed.
  • The original product key. This can be the OEM or retail product key of Windows 7 or Windows 8 before the upgrade. This is the product key you want if you are having product activation problems in Windows 10.
  • OEM key OR Retail: ShowKeyPlus will check for an OEM mark; this is how big name vendors activate multiple machines in the factory running Windows.

How to find the Windows 11 product key

Once you have the product key, be sure to keep it in a safe place where it is easily accessible. Microsoft provides a one-time transfer right.

Find adhesive on the computer chassis

You can also look for your key on a sticker that some OEMs provide on the computer chassis. Typically, you’ll find it on the bottom of your laptop or on the back of your desktop PC case.

Just make sure you back up the key (take a picture) and you should be okay if something goes wrong and you need to do a clean install of Windows 11.

Windows OEM product code

It’s also worth noting that, with this method, you’ll only be able to activate Windows 11 on the PC it’s running on, unless you transfer the license.

It will only allow you to install the version that came with your PC as well. For example, if it came with Windows 11 Home, it will install that version. If you have a PC that came with Windows 11 Pro, it will install Pro and not Home.

Use the Volume Licensing Service Center

If you are running Windows 11 in an enterprise environment with a volume license for editions such as Pro or Enterprise, the license works a little differently. Administrators configure Key Management Service (KMS) servers to monitor and manage large volume licenses.

KMS servers are intended to help manage connectivity to Microsoft for license activation. As an administrator, you can log into the Volume License Service Center portal with your corporate credentials. From there, go up Licenses> Key to find the product key.

Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center

Create a VBS file to find the product key

If you are an advanced user, you can create a VBS file with a copy and paste of the following script into Notepad. Note that there is quite a lot to copy and paste. Just make sure you get all the code:

Imposta WshShell = CreateObject ("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))

Funzione ConvertToKey(Chiave)
Scostamento chiave cost = 52
io = 28
Caratteri = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
Fare
Cur = 0
x = 14
Fare
Cr = Cr * 256
Cur = Chiave(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) e 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Ciclo While x >= 0
io = io -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Caratteri, Cur + 1, 1) e KeyOutput
Se (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) E (i <> -1) Allora
io = io -1
KeyOutput = "-" e KeyOutput
Finisci se
Ciclo Mentre i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
Funzione finale

After pasting the code into the Notepad file, click Save As> All Files and name it as “FindProductKey.vbs” or something similar so you know what it’s for.

It is essential to use the format .VBS for it to work. Save it in a convenient place to access, such as your desktop.

Save the Notepad script VBS file

After saving the file, double-click on the VBS file – the product key will be displayed. You can use the keyboard shortcut key Windows + C when it opens to copy the key to the clipboard.

Product Key VBS script unveiled

Can’t find your Windows 11 product key?

If you end up losing your Windows 11 product key, Microsoft doesn’t offer many redress options. You may need to purchase a new key to wake up your Windows 11 PC. If you’ve linked your Windows license to a Microsoft account, you don’t need to know your key – log in with your account to activate your PC.

If all else fails, it might be worth chatting with Microsoft support. The company may give you a break and let you activate without your key (or help you track it down). Good luck!

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